It’s not often that you get to read your own name in the obituaries. Three days after armed militants went on the rampage in Mumbai, newspapers and TV channels included my name in the list of more than 170 people who lost their lives in the carnage. They were wrong …Read More »
The Australian director behind one of this year’s most acclaimed films – ‘Macbeth’ – is to helm a new film based on the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. Deadline reports that Justin Kurzel will adapt ‘The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel’ by the British journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy …Read More »
A court in Pakistan has banned the Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Phantom’ - about the 2008 Mumbai attacks - in response to a petition filed by the man New Delhi accuses of masterminding the killing of 166 people over three days.
Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba which the United Nations has listed as a terrorist organisation, petitioned the court to ban the Kabir Khan-directed film "Phantom" on the basis that it maligns Pakistan and vilifies Saeed and his current organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
The Lahore High Court issued a ban on Thursday, Saeed's lawyer said.
"The government has been told that the film should not be presented for showing in Pakistan and to take necessary steps in this regard," lawyer AK Dogar told Reuters.
In its reply to the petition in court, the Pakistani government "vehemently denied" that there were ever any plans to screen the Indian film.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is banned in Pakistan but tolerated unofficially. Saeed has long abandoned its leadership and is now the head of its charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
India says it has handed over evidence against him to Pakistan which should have detained him. The issue has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
The United States has also offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who denies any involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
Saeed lives freely in the city of Lahore in a villa with police stationed outside.
"Phantom" is described as a political thriller set in aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and features Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif opposing a villain named "Harif Saeed".
Yahya Mujahid, spokesperson for Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Daw, applauded Thursday's court ruling.
"This film was calling for an attack on Hafiz Saeed, and this was clearly terrorism on the part of India, to release such propaganda. So we think the High Court has given a very good decision on this."Read More »
The High Court in London today granted a British man permission to sue India’s Taj Hotels group in Britain for injuries sustained during the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. Judges dismissed claims by the the company – owned by Tata Group – that the lawsuit should be heard in India …Read More »
The terrorist attacks on key Mumbai landmarks on 26 November 2008 which killed 166 people (that’s the official figure but my sources assure me that it may be much higher) and injured hundreds gets a Bollywood makeover in erratic director Ram Gopal Varma’s latest misfire. The opening credits tell …Read More »
Director Ram Gopal Varma’s “dark and violent” depiction of the 2008 Mumbai attacks opened in India on Friday, evoking strong emotions and controversy. ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ is based on the 60-hour, city-wide rampage by Islamic militants, which left 166 people dead and is told from the perspective of a …Read More »
A London resident who was left paralyzed after jumping out of his hotel during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai is suing the Taj Mahal Palace hotel for failing to provide guests with adequate security, according to a report in the Evening Standard. Will Pike, 32, told the Standard he was …Read More »
Filming has begun in Mumbai on director Ram Gopal Varma’s latest film, the first Bollywood movie to deal with the 2008 terror attacks on the city which left 166 people dead. The controversial director – known for his films about the Mumbai Underworld – took to his Twitter account Friday, …Read More »